|Wednesday's NL Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 26 September 2007 19:17|
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Mets blew a five-run lead Wednesday night and lost again to Washington, cutting their lead over Philadelphia in the NL East to one game.
New York wasted two homers by Carlos Beltran and another from Moises Alou in a 9-6 loss to the Nationals.
The Phillies, who beat Atlanta 5-2, haven't been this close to first place since they lost on opening day. It's the Mets' slimmest margin since they were a half-game in front before play on May 17.
New York has dropped six straight home games and nine of 13 overall.
Ryan Church homered and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep at Shea Stadium and improved to 5-1 against the Mets over a 10-day span.
Beltran and Alou hit consecutive homers in the first and New York led 5-0 after three innings for Philip Humber, who was making his first major league start.
Humber was pulled after Ronnie Belliard's RBI double in the fourth made it 6-2. Another rookie, Joe Smith (3-2), allowed RBI singles to Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns that cut it to 6-5, and Wily Mo Pena's two-run double off Pedro Feliciano put Washington ahead.
Joel Hanrahan (5-3) got the win. He yielded one run in 1 2-3 innings.
Phillies 5, Braves 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings and Philadelphia improved its playoff hopes.
Lohse (9-12) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out five and becoming the first Phillies starter to go seven innings since Jamie Moyer on Sept. 14.
Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino hit a solo homer, Greg Dobbs had a two-run single and Philadelphia took advantage of third baseman Chipper Jones' throwing error to score three unearned runs off Tim Hudson (16-10).
The Phillies remained tied with Colorado, one game behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings. They moved within one game of first-place New York in the NL East.
The loss all but eliminated Atlanta from postseason contention. The Braves have to win their last four games and get a lot of help to pass Colorado, Philadelphia and San Diego.
Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero combined for a scoreless eighth for the Phillies and Brett Myers finished for his 20th save.
Hudson gave up five runs - two earned - and eight hits in six-plus innings.
Marlins 7, Cubs 4
MIAMI (AP) - The Cubs lost for the second straight night to last-place Florida but their magic number for clinching the NL Central dropped to three as second-place Milwaukee lost to St. Louis.
A two-out RBI single in the fifth inning by backup catcher Matt Treanor put the Marlins ahead to stay. Miguel Cabrera added a two-run homer, his 34th.
Florida beat Chicago for the ninth game in a row over the past two seasons. That tied for the longest active streak between two major league teams.
Matt Lindstrom (4-4) pitched a perfect seventh and Lee Gardner finished for his second save in as many chances.
Jason Marquis (12-9) lost for the first time since Aug. 26. He allowed five runs, four earned, in five innings.
Jacque Jones drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly for the Cubs, and Derrek Lee hit his 21st homer.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee wasted a chance to cut their NL Central deficit to one game, giving up a first-inning home run to Albert Pujols.
Chicago maintained a two-game division lead despite a 7-4 loss at Florida. Milwaukee starts a season-ending four-game series Thursday at home against San Diego.
Pujols' 32nd homer gave him 100 RBIs for the seventh straight season.
Ryan Braun's two-run double put Milwaukee ahead in the second, but St. Louis went ahead to stay in the third when Ryan Ludwick doubled off Carlos Villanueva (8-5) following an intentional walk to Pujols.
St. Louis blew open the game with four runs in the eighth.
Brad Thompson (8-6) allowed two unearned runs and five hits in six innings.
In the eighth, Pujols was plunked on the elbow by Brewers reliever Seth McClung, who was ejected along with manager Ned Yost.
Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Adam LaRoche drove in three runs with two doubles and Matt Morris pitched effectively over seven innings as Pittsburgh beat Arizona for the second straight night.
The Diamondbacks, who have lost three straight, saw their lead over San Diego in the NL West cut to one game. Their magic number for clinching the division remained at four.
Livan Hernandez (11-11) allowed 10 hits and four runs over four-plus innings.
Morris (10-11) is only 1-2 in four starts against Arizona this season but has a 2.48 ERA.
Padres 11, Giants 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy won his NL-leading 19th game and San Diego spoiled Barry Bonds' home finale.
The Padres remained one game up on Philadelphia and Colorado in the NL wild-card race and pulled within one game of first-place Arizona in the NL West.
Bonds was 0-for-3 against Peavy (19-6) in his final home game as a Giant.
Khalil Greene and Josh Bard hit back-to-back two-run singles in the fifth inning, when San Diego got seven hits and chased Giants starter Pat Misch (0-4). Bard and Geoff Blum had consecutive RBI doubles in the second.
Scott Hairston homered leading off the eighth for the Padres.
Randy Winn hit a two-out solo homer in the first and pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly for San Francisco.
Peavy allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. The right-hander had two hits and an RBI.
Rockies 2, Dodgers 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Josh Fogg allowed five hits over 6 2-3 innings to lead Colorado Rockies to a franchise-record 10th straight victory.
Colorado remained tied with Philadelphia, one game behind San Diego in the wild-card race. The Rockies moved within two games of the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fogg (10-9) walked three and struck out five to record his first victory over the Dodgers since Aug. 6, 2002, when he was pitching for Pittsburgh.
Manny Corpas allowed two infield hits with two outs in the ninth then got Juan Pierre on a groundout for his 18th save.
The Rockies took a 2-0 lead against Derek Lowe (12-14) in the third on a one-out double by Yorvit Torrealba and two-out singles by Kaz Matsui, Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday, who picked up his NL-leading 132nd RBI.
Astros 7, Reds 6
CINCINNATI (AP) - Lance Berkman hit two of Houston's four home runs and Luke Scott drove in the winning run in the eighth with a single.
Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee also homered as Houston sent the Reds to their fourth consecutive loss. The Astros have hit four home runs in a game six times this season.
Berkman added two singles for his 14th career four-hit game.
The teams combined for 15 extra-base hits - 10 doubles and five home runs.
Lee doubled off Jared Burton (4-2) with two outs in the eighth, and Scott followed with a single.
Dennis Sarfate (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to win his first career decision. Chad Qualls pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Berkman hit a three-run homer, his 32nd, in the first. Lee, the next batter, hit his 32nd as Houston sent nine batters to the plate in a four-run, 21-minute top of the first. Tom Shearn pitched 2-3 of an inning, allowing four hits, four runs and two walks.